North Shore Chelan Substation

Take our Substation Sight Lines Survey!

Do you live near the new North Shore Substation site? If so, you may have noticed some orange flags recently installed on the grounds. The flags were placed in the locations where we anticipate the five corners of the new substation fence line will be located (the blue dashed lines on the graphic below). 


To help us identify the potential sight lines for the future substation, we are asking for your feedback on a brief survey. Please look in the direction of the substation site from your property, and let us know if you can see one or more of these flags by filling out this survey

The introduction to the survey provides more details and photos to help you identify the flags in the field. 
Graphic showing North Shore Substation footprint and orientation.

Next Steps

This spring and summer, we will work with stakeholders to evaluate design alternatives for features such as aesthetics, noise shielding, and landscaping. Although the internal components and electrical design of the substation is driven by codes and standards, we want your feedback on the exterior and aesthetic design of the site.

Email will be the most efficient way to communicate with interested stakeholders throughout this process. Please click here to subscribe to our email list if you wish to stay involved in the design phase.

Click here to sign up for our Design Email Update List.


If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Jenna Rahm.

Aerial image of the North Shore of Lake Chelan

Project Background

Chelan County PUD has been working closely with the community since 2015 to construct a new substation on the north shore of Lake Chelan, between Chelan and Manson. The two existing substations serving that area, Union Valley and Wapato, are nearing capacity. In November 2017, the PUD, along with community input, selected a site off Henderson Road for the new substation.

For more information about substations, visit our Substation FAQ.

Site Selection

In 2015, the PUD started working with the community and a Focus Group of stakeholders to evaluate 18 potential sites for the new substation. Based on operational and aesthetic considerations, staff and the Focus Group narrowed those sites to two alternatives: one off Boyd Road, 2.3 miles from the intersection with SR150, and one off Henderson Road.

Staff presented the final evaluation of the two sites based on community input and operational decision criteria and selected the site off Henderson Road as the preferred location. In November 2017, PUD Commissioners approved moving forward with purchase of the Henderson Road site.

Map of the Henderson Road susbtation site